Another Isolated Incident

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

In Jefferson, Iowa.

Matthew Spaulding says he and his family were terrorized at their own home by police who slammed his grandmother to the ground and shot his dogs– missing his head by less than an inch. “Told us to get on the ground. I got on the ground they put me in handcuffs,” Spaulding recalls, “Then they threw my dad to the ground and my dog Sadie was right here sniffing my head. She was next to me. They shot her. The blood got on my face and then she took off running behind me and they shot her like three more times.”

Tuesday morning, Greene County Sheriffs Deputies and Perry Police officers arrived at Spaulding’s Jefferson farmhouse to deliver a search warrant. The Spauldings say they were immediately ordered to the ground.. even Matthew Spauldings’ disabled father, Chris. “My son hit the ground I hit the ground but I didn’t make it too fast so (the officer) jumped on the middle of my back, shoved his knee in and held a gun to the back of my head and handcuffed me. After they shot my first dog my mom come out”…

The Spauldings say after the first dog was killed, a second dog running away from the shots — and away from police— was also shot. “They weren’t barking. They weren’t attacking nobody.” Matthew Spaulding says, “They didn’t even give us a chance to put them in the kennel. We have a big kennel outside our house we could have put them in but they wouldn’t give us a chance.”

Perry Police are not commenting. And they’re refusing to turn over any paperwork or reports about the incident saying it’s part of an ongoing investigation. But we were able to get copies of the search warrants. One warrant shows police were looking for any kind of legal or illegal drugs. The other shows police were looking for a stolen X-Box video game system. No drugs and no stolen games were found–and no one was arrested.

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35 Responses to “Another Isolated Incident”

  1. #1 |  Just Plain Brian | 

    One warrant shows police were looking for any kind of legal or illegal drugs.

    So the puppy killers can get a warrant for legal drugs now?

  2. #2 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    They had taken me to the ground,” Chris Spauldings’ mother Susan Mace says, “So I was laying with my face in the ground. And I asked them why they shot the dog because the dogs weren’t close to them

    Sorry to say, Susan, but this is standard operating procdure these days. Nothing personal, of course. They shoot the dogs to terrorize their victims…err, I mean the suspects. They shoot dogs, shout profanity- laced orders and shove you to the ground because you are their enemy, and they must terrorize the enemy so they don’t get any ideas about resisting the incursion into their homes or onto their property. Standard operating procedure, that would be the rationale.

  3. #3 |  John P. | 

    So the cops are now kicking in doors looking for LEGAL and illegal dope as well as stolen X-Boxes?

  4. #4 |  the innominate one | 

    New policy: no one who wants to be a cop should on any account be hired to be a cop.

  5. #5 |  Greg | 

    Brian, perhaps ‘legal’ drugs is meant to cover finding 3 crates of Sudafed in the house of someone they suspect is making meth?

    Absolutely terrible nonetheless.

  6. #6 |  30 year lawyer | 

    I’d say what I think but I’m sure I’d get censored.

    It has 11 letters though and every police officer, whatever their gender of choice, has personally used the term. If any read (?) here, they’ll figure it out. Remember guys, properly spelled, eleven letters. Hint: I’ve used the plural since there were so many big, strong, armed policemen looking for LEGAL drugs.

    But, Thank God, no officers were injured; only dogs killed and innocents (you didn’t find anything, remember) terrorized.

  7. #7 |  (B)oscoH | 

    The (11 letter) word of the day is (shhhhhhhh) “MichaelVick”.

  8. #8 |  derfel cadarn | 

    Let get this straight the uniformed taxfeeder murders try to justify this with a warrant for a possible theft that only raises to the level of petty larceny? All officers involved should be dismissed from the force and their accreditation revoked. The issuing judge should be disbarred and ALL should be charged with multiple felonies. These killer bozos are the standing army the founders warned us about. The police are NOT your friends there are NO GOOD cops only those that commit crimes and the others that cover them up either way it is still criminal. All that is required for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. If you believe that the police will protect you then evil has triumphed.

  9. #9 |  Just Plain Brian | 

    Sure, Greg, but didn’t they already make possession of more than one dose of sudafed illegal by one of the many “do something to” meth acts?

  10. #10 |  Bob | 

    Ah, here’s the operative phrase:

    “Chris Spaulding was charged with possessing just a small amount of Meth back in 2008.”

    What do you want to bet that that’s the source of this raid? Find a previous offender, gin up a bogus search warrant, go on an adrenaline fueled bender on the Spaulding’s expense.

  11. #11 |  croaker | 

    “If cops continue to play at being an army of occupation, they should
    expect the subjects to play their role in return. Vive la resistance.”
    – J. D. Tuccille

  12. #12 |  bigjohn756 | 

    Just stop denigrating the cops for shooting dogs, after all, they need something to shoot at, don’t they? If they can’t shoot dogs then they may have to start shooting innocent people. Oh, wait, I forgot, they do that already.

  13. #13 |  John C. Randolph | 

    I’ve come to the conclusion that a sheriff should be an elected office, and that the sheriff’s sole authority should be to call up the Posse, consisting of volunteers who aren’t paid for their participation. I’m thinking along the lines of volunteer fire departments.


  14. #14 |  g | 

    shooting dogs is SOP.

  15. #15 |  Windy | 

    @ #13, John, The sheriff is supposed to be an elected office because the Sheriff is the highest law enforcement power in his/her county, outranking municipal, State and even federal law enforcement. Your Sheriff has the legal authority to tell the feds and the State to “get the fuck out” of his/her county “and don’t come back”! Your Sheriff is the most important elective office for which you vote and if your Sheriff is not elected (but is appointed or hired) it is well past time you and the rest of your county make that change. Your Sheriff is the last wall of defense for your county from the government.

  16. #16 |  Episiarch | 

    Your Sheriff has the legal authority to tell the feds and the State to “get the fuck out” of his/her county “and don’t come back”!

    Uhh…I seriously doubt this. Citation needed.

  17. #17 |  John P. | 


    Windy is technically correct…

    If the feds are engaged in a criminal investigation where the state also has venue (aka jurisdiction) as well, then the state or the Sheriff can tell the feds to get bent…

    The feds then, must convince both a state and a federal judge why the case must remain under federal jurisdiction. Which will also give the state a chance to rebut the feds case.

    This has only happened once regarding a drug case, but has happened more recently regarding illegal immigration cases in AZ, TX and NM…

    Under the US Constitution the state have far more power than the federal .gov, infact the states have the power to dissolve the federal .gov… by calling for and seating a Constitutional Convention. And the federal .gov is powerless to stop them once 2/3 of the state vote to seat.

    Under all 57 state Constitutions the elected sheriff is the highest law enforcement official, because not all state allow for the election of an Attorney General, many are appointed by the sitting governor.

  18. #18 |  Whim | 

    Another dreary, dreadful depressing “Isolated Incident” courtesy of Radley.

    I was so much happier before the Internet, and discovering the Agitator.

    But even back then, I knew then that the mainsteam media was delivering their version of the “news” to me according to a pre-determined agenda.

    How’s that working out for you now, CBS, NBC, ABC and PBS?

    I knew that CNN stood for Clinton News Network, because of their bias.

    How’s that working out for you now, CNN?

    I knew that TV personality Larry King asked loaded, biased questions of people he disagreed with philosophically, and interrupted them repeatedly every few seconds in order to intentionally make them appear to be….an idiot.

    On the other hand, if someone like Hillary Clinton or Anita Hill appeared on his program, he let them talk at length, without frequent interruptions, and the questions were all softball questions.

    Good riddance, Larry.

    I knew that Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson, Campbell Brown, John Roberts, Larry King, Keith Olbermann, Kathleen Parker, and Rick Sanchez were not ethical journalists, but were rather consummately biased advocates advancing their and their masters agenda.

    Hows that working out for them, now?

    Really, the only way bloodless way to reign in the ever growing police state tactics is to legalize possession and usage of any drugs. All of them.

    That would substantially defang the pretext by which police and SWAT teams raid homes, seize assets, brutalize and terrorize residents, and kill puppies with impunity.

  19. #19 |  goober1223 | 

    I’d assume that the warrant should have said or did say that they were looking for looking for illegal amounts of otherwise legal drugs.

  20. #20 |  marco73 | 

    Come on, give the poor sheriff a break.
    You know they didn’t find anything because the press release would detail everything they allegedly found.
    They didn’t find anything yet, but give them some time to gin up some charges.
    Maybe an EPA fine for disposal of dog blood without a permit, or maybe urinating in public for peeing your pants while they have a gun to your head.
    You know from reading this site that the brave boys in blue never go into a raid without a complete investigation.

  21. #21 |  Jamessir Bensonmum | 

    Thank you for this troubling thread. I’m sorry that family didn’t vigorously exercise their 2nd Amendment right. Hope I got my point across.

  22. #22 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    John C. Randolph and Windy:

    I appreciate both of your comments regarding the role of the sheriff in the U.S.. I live in IL, and the sheriff’s office is essentially the default law enforcement body if no others exist.

    More and more I believe that municipal police departments are forces which overregulate inhabitants of cities/towns/villiages. As the city gets bigger, the more the municipal police must have their hands in everything (more traffic and parking enforcement, an endless array of ordinances, etc). Naturally, much of this overregulation produces revenue, which gives city hall more cash to add still more layers of bureacracy. But remember: The municipal police enforce the exact same laws that sheriff’s deputies enforce. Thus, I see redundancy here that could stand to be eliminated.

    If government did not enable criminal black markets by outlawing (some) drugs, prostitution, etc, then I believe crime would drop quite dramatically in our society, particularly violent crime. At that point, I believe it would be feasible for most areas to abolish their municipal policing bodies. In contrast to John C. Randolph’s idea, I think that some of these deputies should still be full time (At least initially. Who knows what will happen.). But there should also be a significant number of volunteers on call.

    Incidentally, I have served as an auxiliary officer with a small p.d. in my area. I have also considered signing up as an auxiliary deputy with my local sheriff’s office. Even though I have major, major issues with U.S. law enforcement, I believe that these volunteer units are important reminders that law enforcement and emergency response are the community’s responsibility, not just the job of a few select “professionals.” Such units are also a good deal for taxpayers. It discourages the full-timers from becoming overtime whores.

    Thanks again to Windy and JCR for bringing this up.

  23. #23 |  Windy | 

    SPECIAL REPORT: County Sheriffs Push Back Against Feds

  24. #24 |  Greg C | 

    Yeah, elected sheriffs are great- especially the ones in Arizona.

  25. #25 |  Matt | 

    As usual, the victims are named in the article but the aggressors aren’t.

  26. #26 |  Anonymous | 

    Shooting a few dogs doesn’t brighten the cop’s image. I’m sure if my pet were killed I would want to confront the officer who did it. It surely makes them look like sociopaths, which doesn’t attribute to anything good about them. Aren’t police supposed to hunt psychos, not become them?

  27. #27 |  GreginOz | 

    Recently, here in Australia, I went & saw a musical play called “Caberet”. There is also a great old movie of the same name & the lead role is played by Lisa Minelli. It was a really great production which my lady & I enjoyed immensely.

    Within this play is an american character, a writer, visiting decadent, frenetic Berlin circa 1938, who befriends Lisa’s character. He is eventually forced to flee Germany just prior to Germany attacking Poland & the start of WWII.

    I have been pondering the similarities with the USA, circa 2011. If I visited now it would actually resemble a mix of Nazi Germany leavened with shades of the Weimar republic, the hyper inflation, growth of police state, loss of citizen rights etc.

    Light on the hill? No. It is a pyre for freedom. Requiescet in pace.

    I think I’ll stay right here…

  28. #28 |  GreginOz | 


  29. #29 |  JSL | 

    The only way you stop this is legalize drugs and end property seizures (unless there is a conviction). That and you find every one of those cops’ pets and shoot them. They might get the point then but I doubt it.

  30. #30 |  Sean | 

    It’s Liza Minnelli you aussie ignoramus. Also, if you liked the film and play you ought to read the Christopher Isherwood stories they are based on. They hold up quite well.

  31. #31 |  Kristen | 

    @JSL – legalizing drugs will mean massive police layoffs. Those welfare queens would never allow such a thing to happen.

  32. #32 |  spaxy | 


  33. #33 |  Steve Verdon | 

    John, The sheriff is supposed to be an elected office because the Sheriff is the highest law enforcement power in his/her county, outranking municipal, State and even federal law enforcement. Your Sheriff has the legal authority to tell the feds and the State to “get the fuck out” of his/her county “and don’t come back”! Your Sheriff is the most important elective office for which you vote and if your Sheriff is not elected (but is appointed or hired) it is well past time you and the rest of your county make that change. Your Sheriff is the last wall of defense for your county from the government.

    Blah blah blah, vote vote vote.

    Get a f***ing clue, voting does not make a good Goddamn bit of difference. So keep voting and and wasting your time and expecting things to change. Voting is how we f***ing got here.

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